A Corner Spot Opens Up in a Pioneering Warehouse District Loft

Early in the last-century rush to loft downtown properties, this 1914 warehouse got converted into 15 condo units, each with a glass-and-iron fronted balcony. That was back in the mid-eighties. A see-it-all-at-a-glance corner spot on the 2nd floor within the San Jacinto Lofts showed up in the listings last week for $195,000.


But which corner? The listing cites a shared rooftop terrace with downtown views — but you’ll need to study the views carefully (or maybe schedule a visit) to figure out the 1,177-sq.-ft. unit’s position in the building. The property is located near I-10 and I-45, where Buffalo and White Oak bayous bend, and it’s a long block or so north of the bike trail and the Harris County Jail.

Blond wood cabinetry and granite counters define the kitchen area within an open floor plan featuring exposed brick, stained concrete flooring, and a 14-ft. ceiling:

The lone bedroom area (above) gets 3 walls, with the fourth left open for light (and direct access to the kitchen area). The bathroom, however, appears to have plenty of doors — and a finished ceiling:

There’s a $356 monthly maintenance fee for the property. Another unit on the 2nd floor, 2C, is currently listed for sale at $199,000 — or for lease at $2,195.

8 Comment

  • I was crushing on this one yesterday–I love that neighborhood. Does anyone know of any conversions in that area of town that aren’t quite so “tame?” I mean, I want indoor plumbing and a real HVAC system, but I would prefer something not so pretty.

  • Can lofts be classic? This one looks like what lofts looked like when they were actually created from industrial buildings and artist types lived in them. Now they’re more like posh pads for posers.

  • I’m curious about how much these sold for when they were converted. I swear when I was house hunting in the early 2000s, there was one for sale for about the same price.

    @Brad–there are random conversions in that area, over by Dakota Lofts, and in the east downtown area. They are hard to find, because there aren’t usually many on the market. Most of the ones I have seen look exactly like these, just different layouts.

  • I live in this building. This unit faces Wood St @ the corner of San Jac and has northern views of I-10 and beyond. (read: not skyline) The other unit mentioned in the article faces Buffalo Bayou and has a beautiful skyline view. The “shared rooftop terrace” was in poor repair and is gone, replaced by reflective white roofing that has been quite a boon to all of our respective electrical bills. We still have access up there, but there is no longer anything built out.

    @Brad, in the nominal “Warehouse District” this building IS pretty raw, it’s what attracted us to it in the first place. That said, Eerie City Ironworks over by Last Concert Café on Nance is an honest to goodness artist enclave that should satisfy someone looking for something a little more Bohemian. A little farther east over by BBVA Compass stadium (EaDo!) is an ideal place to search for smaller conversions in this vein.

  • …And the weekly award for most pretentious alliteration goes to…..Dana-X!!!!

  • If only they were more affordable… :[

  • Funny how “pretty” is really in the eye of the beholder, especially when it comes to lofts. I recently had clients to view these who didn’t think they were at all “pretty”. “Prison-like” was the wording they used. I love the true warehouse conversion lofts. You can’t get character like this in new construction.

  • Does anyone know of any two bed lofts in the area for sale? Industrial look with exposed brick is my preference.